We know we all need to do good things for the planet but actually implementing them and living green can be so overwhelming! One step at a time is all it takes.

Just start doing one or two things here and there when you can, by implementing these small things into our daily lives, our kids will learn by example and go on to be natural eco-warriors themselves.

Here are a few easy ways to be an eco-warrior:

Stop buying books, newspapers and magazines
Turn off stand-by appliances
Visit the local OP shop
BYO bags or boxes when shopping
Bulk buy
BYO cup when purchasing a hot drink or juice etc

Mums also share their clever tips below:

“I take some stainless steel straws and my reusable cup with my everywhere in my reusable carry bag.”

“When I order a takeaway pizza, I always ask that they don’t include that little plastic “table” in the middle that stops the top of the box from touching the pizza because its unnecessary and cannot be reused for anything else.”

“One big change I am making in my household is using plastic reusable containers instead of glad wrap for meals and also using metal straws instead of plastic ones.”

“My daughter and I recently upcycled some old pillow cases into fold away shopping bags. We are going to put them in the loot bags for her birthday party instead of plastic junk!”

“We have used modern cloth nappies on both of our girl’s and recently we have changed from using disposable wipes to reusable ones and we also take reusable straws with us when out and about.”

What is one big change you are making in your everyday life to go plastic free?

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  • I agree with recycling. Good habit to be in but I could never get rid of books.


  • We love books and they are important for so many reasons.


  • No no no I’m never going to stop buying books.

    • Me either – love books and love the feel of holding books. We share books with others so it is community minded.

      • Agreed I think I’d go mad without the ability to sit down & rewind with a good book! However, some other very good tips I could get on board with ????


  • I always use reusable plastic containers rather than bags and glad wrap. Also try to recycle what I can.


  • I recycle what I can’t avoid. No longer use glad wrap and sandwich bags the individual usable containers are my go to now days


  • I’m trying to reduce our carbon footprint by doing a few of these things however I don’t find all of them practical.


  • The source bulk foods is a good place to go to. You can take your own containers to fill up. You get things like flours, grains, nuts, rice, honey, herbs, sweet treats, dishwashing liquid, shampoo and conditioner, and many other things. The range is also excellent. For example it is the only place I know where I can get wholemeal bakers flour. It’s a franchise so there are quite a few around the country.


  • I’ve been looking at getting the stainless steel straws, so long as they come with a pipe cleaner thing. Not sure which ones are decent and not too expensive, though.


  • I just cant imagine the reusable wipes


  • I could never stop buying books!


  • You won’t buy paper books. What are you going to buy for reading. What are you going to buy in their place and what power source do you use to read electronic ones? The original strong plastic shopping bags we used for several months until eventually something heavy split them. A lot of other bags can be washed and re-used, Most people are time poor or too lazy to make the effort. We had good quality plastic lunch boxes that we used for over 50 years. I used them every day in High School, I worked for 40 years and used them afterwards until eventually the lids and the tops of the boxes split after being used in the freezer for stewed home grown fruit to eat between seasons. Glass breaks if it is dropped or bumped against something hard…….We went one better than loot bags. My Mum used the good parts of dresses to make pillow cases….We filled our washing machine with rainwater which would otherwise made the garden too soggy and made it a haven for mosquitoes that bite us. Some misquitoes breed potentially very dangerous diseases. Some places don’t like using byo cups etc as some people don’t clean them properly then if they get sick they blame the shop. The shop also doesn’t know the quantity they hold or how much the heat will penetrate onto peoples’ skin and burn them.


  • We have re useable bags and cups, straws, containers etc I think it’s everyones responsibility to help the environment and every little bit helps


  • We are taking small steps and have reusable cups, shopping bags etc, we’re also becoming more aware of our use and cutting down on everything in general. Not books though, books stay.


  • I always bring my shopping bags and my produce bags when I go shopping.
    I get the newspaper homedelivered twice a week and we save it to bring it to a wildlife rescue centre that reuses it to line the bird’s cages. I generally borrow books and magazines from the library, but I occasionally buy some from authors I really love.


  • trying to be as plastic free as possible, my daughter favourite phrase at the moment is save the turtles


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